East Coast Sound is a barbershop chorus based in northern New Jersey. The chorus was originally formed in 2007 under the name Tristar Chorus in order to compete in the Barbershop Harmony Society's inaugural Youth Barbershop Chorus Contest in January of 2008 down in San Antonio, Texas as part of the Society's International Midwinter Convention. Since then, East Coast Sound had been the only youth chorus to compete at every subsequent midwinter convention, competing again in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. Following changes made to the Youth Barbershop Chorus Contest, East Coast Sound chartered as an official Society chapter in early 2015 to begin competing in the Mid-Atlantic District. A youth chorus program persists under the umbrella of ECS. This youth chorus competed in Reno, NV at the 2016 International Youth Chorus Contest, earning the highest honor of "Superior" for the third straight year and was named International Plateau AAA Champions! The chapter proper went on to win the 2016 Northern Division Chorus Championship, and thereafter had the tremendous honor of finishing in 3rd Place in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Contest. East Coast Sound went on to repeat their Division championship and finish 5th in the 2018 District contest, and returned to 3rd in the 2019 District contest. The chorus continues to work diligently at every rehearsal to improve, all the while retaining a vital focus on youth in harmony and spreading the word of barbershop.
Will Downey: Director, Bass Section Leader
Paul Franek: Assistant Director, Tenor Section Leader, Head of Performance & Visuals
Francesco Logozzo: Assistant Director, Lead Section Leader
Joe Servidio: Baritone Section Leader
Dave Ammirata: Advisor to the Music Team
Tim Waurick: Internal Coach & Advisor to the Music Team
All of the Above, 2018 Mid-Atlantic District Northern Division 13th Place Quartet
East Coast Sound exists as the Caldwell, NJ Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. However, we spent 8 years as a youth chorus whose sole purpose was to bring youth into barbershop and compete every year at the International Midwinter Convention. When we chartered, we decided immediately that we would not allow our youth focus to fall to the wayside.
On February 3rd, 2018, East Coast Sound proudly co-sponsored Jersey Harmony Explosion alongside the Dapper Dans of Harmony. The event was a tremendous success, and the second festival occurred on February 2nd, 2019. Next year’s festival is sure to be the best yet!!